Reflections on Half a Year

Summer time is a time of transition. A time of transition from the early spring to the full bloom of warmth and sunshine (or in the case of the UK, rainstorms), and a time to reflect on the half of the year gone.

When I look back at a lot of my posts over the last 18 months or so, there is a repeated phrase: liminal space. A space where one travels through, never stopping, never staying. Like an airport terminal or the service station at the side of a motorway, the last 18 months have felt like something to travel through. To get out the other side, find a new normal, to find…

Something.

The past six months I’ve had to take my focus away from writing. Life, the ongoing DIY project, and work have all eaten into my time at different points over the last six months. I’ve written less than I did at the start of the pandemic, even though I haven’t got less time per-se, but that’s okay. I’ve found a routine of consistent, less writing, is better than spending a month smashing out words and then taking two months off as the creative well re-fills. We’ll have to see how this new approach takes me into the latter summer months – the time when my creativity seems to have a little dip every year!

Novel Writings

My moodboard for “The Akrion Cycle”

Last year I talked about taking a different pace with my writing, focussing on my ongoing novel edits and switching focus to writing more blogs. I wanted to save up my creative ideas for my editing work, rather than spending my energy focussing on writing multiple flash fictions. I think this was the right choice, I’ve made significant process on my novel over the past six months and now looking to start July heading into the next key section.

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This Month’s Posts.

Missed any of my posts from this month? You can find them all below!

Beyond Humanity (From the Archives)

“You think this will help?” Treyko asked, twisting his head in the vice of the chair. Even now, he still smiled. Heelna remembered those days, before she too had been plugged into the mainframe. Easier days, simpler days. “You know it will,” Heelna replied, as she tightened the wrist straps on Treyko’s wrists and upper … More Beyond Humanity (From the Archives)

What I thought about Jade City

Armed with a new kindle and a resolution to read some more books, I went on a buying spree at the start of 2021 for some new fantasy novels and world that I hadn’t read before. Having joined “bookstagram” over the pandemic, I’ve been exposed to a lot more diverse authors and stories that I … More What I thought about Jade City

What makes a Main Character?

There are lots of different ways you can define the concept of a main character. They’re the ones with the Points of View (POVs), they’re the ones with the most chapters, or they’re the ones that the story revolves around. A main character, for me, is a little bit of all of those three. Importantly, … More What makes a Main Character?

Why did you say that? (Flash Fiction)

“Why did you say that?” Tanee paused, wiping the knife on his sleeve. “What?” he whispered, “about the prophecy being bullshit? You and I both know we can’t live our lives in accordance to some crap from hundreds of years ago.” Tanee could feel the anger in Hyaie’s eyes as they bored into the back … More Why did you say that? (Flash Fiction)

Vacuum (From the Archives)

Geyle watched the world spin below her. She tapped her foot gently on the window that separated her from the vacuum of space. The sound echoed inside the table, a gentle tap tap tap to match the gentle rhythm of her heartbeat. Most hated the training area, being exposed on four sides to the vast … More Vacuum (From the Archives)

A reflection on the year

I always like reflecting on the past year as we sit in that time after Christmas and before the New Year is rung in. It’s a chance to step back and see the work and memories that you’ve made over a longer period of time – the months might fly by but the year in … More A reflection on the year

Editing your First Draft – Writing on Caffeine and Short Story Snippet!

Are you subscribed to my writing advice newsletter? The latest edition of Writing on Caffeine is now in your inboxes! This month I’m looking at how to edit your first draft! Don’t forget, when you subscribe to my newsletter Writing on Caffeine, you get free access to my fantasy short story The Gateway of Arieum … More Editing your First Draft – Writing on Caffeine and Short Story Snippet!

Looking back on a year

When I sat down to write this blog, I was concerned I wouldn’t have anything to write about. The last few months have been filled with everything other than novel writing (including downloading new computer games, woops). As such, there hasn’t been much progress on my novel to speak of. However, when I look back … More Looking back on a year

Monday Inspiration - A cup of tea that is orange in the morning sunlight

Read More Stories (Monday Inspiration)

Reading is as important to be a good writer as it is to practice writing. You can see how other stories are constructed and written, how they’ve dealt with the same plot pains you have, how they’ve created tension and pacing. Reading also allows you to be a reader again, just a reader enjoying a … More Read More Stories (Monday Inspiration)

The Jewel of Hanerath (From the Archives)

“HOLD IT!” Cathen yelled. I’m trying gods damn you, Thyren thought. He forced himself to hold onto the spell book, despite the heat radiating off it. The magic poured off the pages, funnelled into the glass tube by the complex array of shielding spells. Fire magic normally glowed red, but this magic was almost white, … More The Jewel of Hanerath (From the Archives)


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